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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Outdoor Fun with Bunch O Balloons - A Review

(AD - This review features gifted items)

Whilst the sun has recently been shining, we have been trying our best to enjoy the garden along with some outdoor family fun and games. Last week saw temperatures soar, so what better way to cool down than with an epic water fight that saw the battle lines drawn between siblings. Admittedly, it looked far too much fun to let them enjoy it all by themselves, so I was also on standby for some balloon throwing and water gun blasting excitement!

Bunch O Balloons kindly sent our family a fantastic selection of water toys that guaranteed us a splashtastic time. This lovely gifted bundle consisted of over 500 water balloons, a Zuru Filler/Soaker, a Zuru XShot and a Zuru Xshot Micro Fast Fill. We certainly had plenty of equipment to keep us busy and we couldn't wait to put them all to the test.


Admittedly, it has been a couple of years since we last played with water balloons, there was something about having to stand by a tap for lengthy periods of time, along with the struggle of then trying to tie them, that kind of took some of the fun away. I seem to remember it taking around an hour to fill approximately 15 balloons which then only lasted a few seconds at the most.

However, Bunch O Balloons have solved this problem with their awesome fast fill design that allows you to fill AND tie 100 balloons in only 60 seconds. I was really keen to find out if this was really possible and my children found a bucket each to put their balloons into. They also selected their water weapon of choice, with Ben opting for the Soaker, Riley choosing the Zuru X-Shot Fast-Fill and finally Emma with the Zuru X-Shot Micro Fast-Fill.


The products all come in really eye catching and bright packaging, with the items very clearly on view. This means you can see exactly what you are getting for your money which is always my preference when it comes to how toys are boxed. Each product had accompanying images, which all really appealed to my children.

The Zuru Bunch O Balloons Filler/Soaker is dual purpose as this can fill your balloons, as well as blast water at your opponents. It is really easy to use and you simply connect the valve to a water source and pump the water into the balloons. It has an RRP of only £12.99 which I think is very good value for money, considering the fact that it also comes complete with 100 water balloons. This fabulous soaker is also great for the pool or beach and can reach targets from almost 30ft away!

Riley's water gun of choice, the Zuru X-Shot Fast-Fill has an RRP of £12.99 and can be reloaded with water in as little as one second. You simple dunk it in a water source (we used our paddling pool), pull the hammer to fill and then release it again to seal and continue with your water battle. Riley found this really easy to use and it had a great accurate target range of 30ft.

The X-Shot Fast-Fill Micro version works the same, but is more of a compact size. This model has an RRP of £10 and despite its smaller size, it still has a shooting range of up to 26ft. This collection together was the perfect trio for my children and we were all really impressed with their quality and design.


The Bunch O Balloons Water Balloons are completely stress free and are super simple to use. They are self tying, so there is no need to spend ages fiddling with awkward knots and instead the balloons release with ease. We had several buckets and containers ready to store the balloons in, so that each participating family member had their own supply. The balloons each have individual straws connected which then leads to the valve at the top. You then simply switch your water source on, watch them fill and once you are happy with them, you turn the water off. We then just pushed the filler in a quick downward motion (like a jolt) and the majority of the balloons simply fell into the buckets. For the odd couple that remained attached, we just used our hand to push them off the straws at the bottom. It really couldn't be simpler!


We placed a dividing line across the garden whilst the children decided who was on which team. Each of them had a bucket or bowl of balloons and they began to aim them at one another. They were very easy to throw and they broke well on impact. Once the balloon stocks had all been used they began to use their water guns which ensured that the fun could continue even longer.

Another thing we really love about the Bunch O Balloons, is that they are recyclable. Prior to using them, I had thought about the effect of having the remains of 500 water balloons spread throughout our garden. However, I turned the collecting of the rubbish into a game and offered 50p to the child who could collect the most pieces (genius I know)!

They are 100% recyclable which immediately put my mind at ease and with their partnership with Terracycle, this provides the ability to not only recycle the balloons, but all the packaging including the stems, which I think is fantastic. You can read more about their recycling program over on their sustainability page here: https://www.bunchoballoons.com/sustainability/

If you are also looking for other ideas of how to use your Bunch O Balloons, then you can find a great post over on their website which suggests 10 backyard activities for kids and features games such as Water Balloon Pinata, Bunch O Balloons Juggling and Parents vs Kids to name just a few. This handy list can be found here: https://www.bunchoballoons.com/10backyardactivitiesforkids/


Overall, we were extremely impressed with Bunch O Balloons and I will absolutely be buying more in the future. With our holidays for the remainder of the year now cancelled, we are looking forward to making the most of our garden and planning lots of fun that we can have together throughout the summer. I therefore have no doubt in my mind that this will involve a weekly water fight, which I will enjoy just as much as my children.

The products are really good quality and very reasonably priced and I would definitely recommend these items to other families looking to enjoy some outdoor fun together this summer. They can be purchased from toy retailers including Smyths, The Entertainer, Argos and Amazon.

If you would like to find out more about Bunch O Balloons, then you can visit their website and social media pages on the following channels:

Website: https://www.bunchoballoons.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BunchOBalloons/
Instagram: @bunchoballoons
YouTube: ZuruToys


*Disclaimer - We were provided with a selection of Zuru and Bunch O Balloons products for the purpose of writing an honest review of the items and our experience. Thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Friday, 22 November 2019

Mardles hugARmals Dragon - Toy Review

It's safe to say that Riley loves a good cuddly toy. I have lost count of how many he has and I am surprised that he can even fit in his bed for the amount of teddies. Like most children, he loves to use his imagination and will often pretend that his toys have come to life and will create play scenarios to involve them all. He was therefore delighted when he was recently sent a beautiful Mardles hugARmal Dragon, which can be brought to life in front of your very eyes, by using a clever and innovative app.


Our lovely Mardles hugARmal Dragon is so soft and features wings on its back, sparkly fur, bright blue eyes and glossy ears, making it a lovely toy to cuddle up to. It is a great product to be enjoyed by children and it is very easy to bring the cuddly toys to life, by simply downloading the Mardles app and scanning the special badge.

I love the fact that the Mardles app is free to download, but also, once you have used your wifi connection to add it to your device, then it will work anytime and anywhere, whether you have an internet connection or not. I think it is great that it does not need to depend on wifi or data to be used, which means that Riley can play with his toy whenever he likes. There are also no in-app purchases available, so there is no need to worry about children asking for add ons, or running up an expensive bill.


We downloaded the app without any issues onto two devices, a Samsung Galaxy S10 and a Huawei P30 which both run on Android. This was really quick and simple to do and within minutes Riley was able to to enjoy playing with his dragon. He scanned the badge on the dragons foot and was very quickly able to interact with the toy and make it do a whole host of exciting things on the screen. You can even stand next to the dragon on the camera and have photos taken!

Riley was able to change the colour of his dragon, make it fly and even get him to take a nap. His favourite action though, was making the dragon dance on the disco floor which he found hilarious! If your child isn't a fan of dragons however, then there is also a gorgeous Unicorn version of the toy, which looks fantastic too.


Overall we absolutely love the Mardles hugARmals Dragon and it has really helped Riley to use his imagination in bringing it to life. I really like the fact that the app is free to download, easy to use, plus it is both child and parent friendly. The cuddly toy itself stands at approximately 30cm tall, is really soft and feels a very good quality. It has an RRP of £24.99 which I think is very reasonable for a toy that can be enjoyed time and time again. I would happily recommend this to others.

Mardles hugARmals are currently available to buy on the Mardles website, QVC and Amazon. If you would like to find out more about Mardles and their product range, then you can find their website and social media pages on the following channels:

Website - https://www.mardleslife.com/
Facebook - facebook.com/mardleslife
Twitter - @mardleslife
Instagram - instagram.com/mardleslife


*Disclaimer - We were gifted this product for the purpose of writing an honest review of the toy. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. This post contains an affiliate link.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Dough Nab The Game - A Review

We love a good games night in our home, especially now the darker nights are closing in and rainy days have been in abundance. We were therefore delighted to receive Dough Nab from Ginger Fox to review and add to our family collection.

Dough Nab The Game is described as being "Jam-Packed With Fun" so we were very excited to put this to the test. My children couldn't wait to find out what the bakery themed game was all about and whether we would enjoy a 'hole' lot of entertainment!

The game itself comes really well presented. We loved the bright and colourful design that adorned the box and the doughnuts that were visible through the clear window on the front. It opened just like a real bakery box and I thought that the packaging suited the theme of the game perfectly. The age recommendation of 8+ is shown in the bottom corner along with a player suggestion of 3-6 people and an estimated play time of 20-30 minutes.


The rear of the box provides some basic information on the game, along with the list of contents which includes:

  • 3 doughnuts (Not edible)
  • A 'Head Baker' winner's hat
  • 60 doughnut cards
  • Turn tracker
  • Game rules
In terms of setting the game up, then it really couldn't be simpler. You place the three plastic doughnuts in the centre of all the players and someone can then shuffle the cards. Each player is then dealt 10 doughnut cards in the face down position before the bakery blitz can then commence. Any spare cards can just be put to one side for the time being.

Each player must then take it in turns to flip over the top card in their pile. The first person can be given the turn tracker token so that it is easy to know whose go it is next, which is also great to eliminate any arguments that may arise. The cards must be placed face-up in front of everyone which quickly builds up the individual Dough Nab piles. As soon as you see three cards with the same coloured doughnut, you have to grab the corresponding doughnut as quickly as you can.


The player who successfully gets their hand to the doughnut first, can then choose a player to receive their dough nab pile who then adds it to their collection. Play then continues until you have managed to not only offload all of your dough nab pile, but also played all the cards in your hand too. The winner then receives the fabulous Head Baker's hat which can be worn with pride! 

The aim of the game is to be the first person to get rid of all their cards, so it's vital to be both extremely observant and very quick. It is important to note, that as well as the coloured doughnuts, there are also some 'Special Cards' which add even more fun to the game. These are:

  • The Magic Doughnut Cards - These can be matched with doughnut cards of any other colour, but you must grab the doughnut that corresponds to the majority colour. This is unless three Magic Doughnut cards are visible at the same time, in which case you can select any colour.
  • Crumbs Cards - These can't be used for a grab and have simply been included to cause some confusion amongst players.
  • The Don't Nab! Card - You cannot grab any doughnuts until the Don't Nab! card is covered up
  • The Nab! Card - If this card is revealed then all players can immediately race to grab any doughnut. 

Overall we found this game to be great fun and VERY competitive. It is really fast paced and all of my children really enjoyed trying to be the fastest to grab the matching doughnut. The suggested age is for children aged 8+ however we played as a family with children aged 6, 11 and 12 and my youngest had no issue understanding or keeping up with the game. We loved the design and simplicity of the product and would definitely recommend it to families looking for a fun game that can be enjoyed together.


Dough Nab is currently available to buy from Amazon and other good retailers.

If you would like to find out more about Ginger Fox games, then you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

Instagram - @GingerFoxUK
Twitter - @GingerFox_UK


*Disclaimer - We were gifted this product for the purpose of writing an honest review of the game. All opinions and photographs are my own unless otherwise stated. This post contains an amazon affiliate link.


Saturday, 7 September 2019

JCB Remote Controlled Tower Crane by HTI Toys - A Review

After such a busy few weeks in the summer holidays, Riley has really enjoyed being able to spend some quiet days at home to play with all of his toys. He is a big fan of all kinds of vehicles and is often asking to add to his forever growing collection that seems to expand by the day. He was therefore extremely delighted to return home from school this week to find a special package waiting for him.

Riley excitedly opened the large cardboard box and quickly spotted the JCB logo on the product inside. He absolutely loves construction vehicles and already has a number of JCB products such as diggers, excavation trucks, dumper trucks and loaders, so he was wondering what could possibly be in such a large box. He was very happy to find a fabulous JCB Tower Crane enclosed and this was quickly followed by exclamations of "WOW" as he looked at the images on the packaging. The joy on his face when he also realised that it was remote controlled was priceless!


The outer packaging is really bright and eye-catching and features the yellow, black and white design that is identifiable with JCB. The images show the product clearly so that you can immediately get a good idea of how the product is used. There is also a variety of text to support the image which advise that you can swing the crane, lower the hook and that a remote is included to control the crane. The box also shows the height of the crane as being 100cm tall and the age recommendation of 3+ is also displayed.

Riley's big brother wanted to help with the assembly so both boys worked together to remove the contents from the box and begin the build. I thought that this may have been a little difficult for them, but Ben who is 11 found the instructions really simple and they had the crane built in less than 10 minutes.


The contents came packaged as above and had been separated into packs. There was also a sticker sheet that finished the crane off nicely once built and these were very easy to apply. The item does not come with batteries included and required 3 x AA batteries so it is important to ensure you have these prior to building, in order to avoid any disappointment.

Riley was very keen to test out the remote control function and he began to think of different games that he could play with the crane. He began by building some towers out of bricks and then using the wrecking ball to knock these down, before then attaching individual cars to the hook and raising them up and around using the controls. The hook can be moved up and down, whilst the arm can also be moved from left to right.


This led to him using the crane for some role play activities by pretending he was the manager of a building site, before then becoming the owner of a car garage who had decided to change his car display. He therefore used the crane to move cars around and set them up in his pretend garage. He found the controls really easy to use and very simple to understand and I loved how this toy encouraged Riley to use his creativity. He even put cones around the crane to designate it a no entry zone!


The JCB Tower Crane is large and it stands at a height of 100cm. After seeing the size of it I was a little concerned that we would have nowhere to store it fully built, as the boys share a bedroom and space is limited, however because of its narrow design it can stand over other objects with ease. It also has a great base which keeps the item sturdy and therefore it supports itself really well.


Overall this is a lovely toy which is also very reasonably priced. With an RRP of only £14.99 I would consider this to be a bargain and the perfect addition to any JCB fans collection. I felt that it was really good quality and didn't feel flimsy at all. The product was easy to assemble and stood well once built. The controls were simple to use and so far it has provided Riley with hours of entertainment which he has really enjoyed. I would happily recommend this product to others and due to the price, I also think that it would make an ideal birthday or Christmas gift.

This item is available to buy from most good toy retailers including Amazon. If you would like to find out more about this product or other toys available from HTI Toys then you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

Website - https://www.htigroup.co.uk/
Facebook - facebook.com/HTIGroup1952/
Twitter - @HTIToys
Instagram - @HTIToys


*Disclaimer - We were gifted this item for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All opinions and photographs are my own unless otherwise stated. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Making Slime with The Hangrees - A Review

Well there is no denying that my boys absolutely love slime, whether it be making their own, playing with ready made tubs or spilling it all over my carpet, it is certainly a favourite in our home. Therefore when they were offered the chance to review one of the coolest new slime making toys on the market, they quite literally jumped at the chance to have some fun with The Hangrees!

The Hangrees are a new range of outrageous slime collectables, that come in a selection of parody figures such as Harry Plopper, Chew-kaka and Fartnite. They look hilarious and instantly appealed to my boys, but would they be as good as they looked?

We received a large box through the post which was packed full of goodies including three new Hangrees and a selection of food items in parody packaging. The contents of the box had the boys in giggles almost instantly as they pulled out a large tube of Poo-ringles and a pack of Diaritos. I must admit that my inner child also found these quite hilarious. We also received a packet of Reek's, a Booger King bag, a whoopee cushion, a Farnite Hangree, a Chew-kaka Hangree and a Five Nights of Farts Hangree.


They both selected the Fartnite one to try first, so we carefully opened the packaging and laid the contents out on the table. From previous slime making experience I know that this can get quite messy, so I ensured that we placed a towel across the table before we got creative. This proved to be a wise choice as there were a couple of spillages along the way.

Inside the box we found the following contents:

  • 1 x Hangrees Character
  • 1 x Food Parody container
  • 1 x Mixing Ball (this can be found inside the container)
  • 1 x Texture Packet
  • 1 x Powder Mixture
  • 1 x Mini Toilet Tub
  • 1 x Instruction Sheet
  • 1 x Collectors Sheet

I had a brief read through the instruction steps and was pleased to see that it sounded it extremely simple, so we began to create our Hangrees Fartnite slime.


Firstly we opened the texture packet and the powder and emptied these into our Farter Farms Uni Corn Dogs container. Ben then went to fill up the toilet tub with water which needs to come up to the fill line. Whilst he did this, I held the container tightly shut and shook it well to mix the texture mixture and powder together.



We stood our Fartnite character on a flat surface, raised his head and tongue and then emptied the water from the toilet into his body. You need to ensure that the character is in the standing position, otherwise if his right leg is raised then the water will come out of the hole at the bottom.

Once we had poured the water in, then the fun part began of adding the powdery mix and creating the slime. We carefully poured the powder into the character body, before then closing the head and shaking well for just over a minute. You could reopen the head at this point to check on the mixture, but we had followed the instructions well, so we were confident that we had done everything correctly and therefore simply continued with the slime-making steps.



We then sat our character above the toilet and raised his left leg to help position him on the loo. Once I was confident that his bum was safely over the toilet bowl, we then raised his other leg to put him into the sitting position that would allow him to enjoy a slime poo!

On first glance it did look quite runny, but the instructions said to leave it to set before playing, so we did exactly that and returned to our Fartnite Hangree 15-20 minutes later. At this point we did indeed have the perfect slime which was gooey, sticky and very stretchy. The toilet does have a lid, so this can also be used as a great storage tub for the slime.



Both of my boys were very impressed and the products also provided us with plenty of laughs. Our towel did experience a couple of spillages from the powder, water and slime, but we had expected this and to be honest my boys find making a mess all part of the fun. 


There are currently 20 Hangrees to collect in Series One and they are recommended as being suitable for children aged 8+. They currently retail at £9.99 each which I think is actually great value for money, compared to other collectables on the market. The fact that the characters can also be easily cleaned and kept on display once you have made the slime is another great plus point. They come in a great range of popular characters and both Riley and Ben have already picked out which ones they will be looking for next. Overall we thought that The Hangrees were great and cannot wait to build on our collection.

The Hangrees are currently available for purchase in most major toy retailers including Smyths Toys, The Entertainer and Amazon.

For further information you can visit The Hangrees website or their social media pages on the following channels:

YouTube - The Hangrees
Instagram - @TheHangrees


*Disclaimer - We were gifted the above products for the purpose of writing an honest review of the toys. All opinions and photographs are my own unless otherwise stated. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.



Friday, 5 October 2018

Our Review of the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Playset

Num Noms are the super cute collectible range that not only look like food, but smell like it too! By mixing a num and a nom you can create your very own flavours and make deliciously scented treats. Some also contain surprises such as lip gloss or nail varnish which are sure to be popular with any mini-makeup fans.

Some people may consider the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck to be a 'girls toy', but my son Riley loves all kinds of toys, whether that be his trains, cars and building tools, or his dolls house, princess teddies and kitchen. He absolutely loves pretend play and can use his imagination to create many different scenarios that help him to have fun. When opportunities arise for product reviews such as this one, I will always ask Riley whether it is something he would want to try out and when he saw the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck, it was a definite YES PLEASE!


I explained to him that you could create your own lip gloss using the truck and he was so excited by the thought that he could make his mummy some special make-up all by himself, as well as having a super cool truck to add to his vehicle collection. He loved how cute the Num Noms looked and waited very patiently for the product to arrive a few days later.

On arrival, it was much bigger than he had expected, so he was really excited to open up the packaging and put it to the test. His older sister was on hand to help him out with the scissors and she carefully removed all the packaging for him. Some parts were a little tricky, so I would definitely recommend having a grown up on hand to help remove all the pieces from the box.


Inside the packaging the product contained:

 - Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck
 - 1 Lip Gloss Base
 - 2 Lip Gloss Flavours
 - 1 Glitter Sprinkles
 - 1 Cupcake Making Tool with Cherry Spatula
 - 1 Special Edition Scented Num
 - 3 Lip Gloss Container Noms

The truck was already assembled, so all Riley needed to do was place the smaller individual items into the Lip Gloss Truck. He excitedly picked up the ingredients to make the lip gloss and decided that he was going to make some for his sister first. There is a large tub of lip gloss provided and you simply scoop some of this, add one of the flavours (cleverly designed as sauce bottles), finishing off with some glitter sprinkles. You can then place this in the 'Mr Whippy' style ice cream dispenser and push the lip gloss through using the plunger provided and into your chosen pot, cone or ice cream glass below.


Riley absolutely loved pretending he was an ice cream seller and made several different flavours of lip gloss for both his sister and me. He then pretended that he had his own shop and we had to smell and test out his creations. He then decided that it would be a 'drive-through' ice cream stall where you could purchase ice cream or make-up, so he got all of his other toy vehicles and made them form an orderly queue. It was certainly a toy that inspired Riley to use his imagination and creativity, which was great to see.

It is a multi-purpose toy, so as well as the facility to make lip gloss, it can also be used as a play set and toy vehicle as the wheels move around easily. The handle on the top makes the toy easy to carry and all of the contents can pack away nicely inside or on top of the truck. Visually it looks bright, colourful and appealing and certainly stands out.

Riley asked me a couple of times why there was no music and in fairness I can see his point. In a product that looks just like an ice cream truck, it would have been great to have had a button that played some tunes whilst being moved around. If I was to make any changes to the toy then the addition of some music, sound effects or lights would be it.


There is enough lip gloss base provided to make six good sized portions and Riley made three lots during his first time of playing with the toy. He is five years old and found the process easy enough to do by himself, though I would always recommend parental supervision just in case of any mishaps or spillages.

As you can imagine the lip gloss does get sticky and a little messy too, so it is best to clean the dispenser, cupcake tool and spatula as soon as you have finished creating. I found that soap & water didn't work too great in removing all the lip gloss, so Riley suggested using baby wipes. This was an excellent idea as these worked perfectly in cleaning the entire truck ready to be used again.

Overall we thought that the Num Noms Lip Gloss truck was great. We all had so much fun making our own creations and I couldn't help but have a go myself. I think the toy is well designed with minimal small parts and it is very easy to pack everything away. We loved its versatility of being a creative toy, but also one that could be used as a vehicle in other imaginative ways. I like the fact that once all the lip gloss has been used and made, Riley will still have a truck that he can play with whenever he wants which is great. With an RRP of £29.99 I think it represents good value for money and appears to be a good quality product.

It is available to purchase from Argos, Smyths, The Entertainer, Amazon* and all other good toy retailers.

If you would like to find our more about the Num Noms range, then you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

Website - Num Noms
Facebook - facebook.com/numnoms
Instagram - @officialnumnoms
YouTube - youtube.com/numnoms


Disclaimer: We were sent this product free of charge in order to provide our honest review of the product. Thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own unless otherwise stated. *Link to Amazon is an affiliate link which means that I may receive a small commission should you choose to purchase an item from their website.